Latinos In The Industry

Register Now for "Doing Your Doc" - San Diego, May 7-9

NALIP, CPB, the NEA and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival In association with the Media Arts Center San Diego, San Diego City College, KPBS, Latino Public Broadcasting, NBPC, NATV, ITVS, CAAM, PIC, and Women Make Movies present

Doing Your Doc:

May 7-9 in San Diego, California
A Weekend Seminar in San Diego to Make Your Documentary Happen

Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

Doing your Doc is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of southern California, preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.

Doing Your Doc: 3-day Workshop Fee
Early Registration by May 7 - $100; NALIP/MACSD Member - $50; Student w/ Valid ID - $25. Includes lunches, workshop materials, handouts & private project mentoring session.
Register online here for DOING YOUR DOC - SAN DIEGO

Venue Address: San Diego City College, Bldg. B, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA

For more information including a full schedule visit the Doing Your Doc webpage, or call NALIP at 310.395.8880

Doing Your Doc is also coming to Santa Fe, NM, April 21-13! Details will be announced soon here and on the Doing Your Doc page.

Call for Entries: ATA Film and Video Festival

Artists' Television Access invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work (20 minutes or less) to its 4th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. Video, Super 8 and 16 mm animation, documentary, narrative, abstract, found footage based and other works will be accepted.

The ATA Film and Video Festival is committed to showcasing films and videos that use an unconventional stylistic and technical approach and bring up subjects or concepts that not only entertain, but also provoke, our diverse audience. The festival also includes installations in ATA's Mission District storefront gallery, a lunch for the filmmakers, and new in our 4th year, a discussion forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences.

Submission fee: $10 (free for international submitters)
More information and submission form:

Immigrants in America: A Hollywood Perspective, May 3

Series including Ugly Betty and Modern Family and films such as Gran Torino featuring immigrant-related stories have moved our hearts and minds and are informing opinions on immigration in America today. The Paley Center for Media, The Opportunity Agenda, and Unbound Philanthropy gather a panel of actors, producers, writers, and industry leaders for a thought-provoking dialogue regarding media's impact on the issue of immigration. Panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which the creative and business communities can engage audiences in this topic as it becomes increasingly significant both politically and socially. Click here for more information.

WHEN: 7:00pm on Monday, May 3, 2010

Bruce Evans, Senior Vice President, Current Programming, NBC
Alan Jenkins, Executive Director, The Opportunity Agenda
Tony Plana, "Ignacio Suarez," Ugly Betty
Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Nick Schenk, Screenwriter, Gran Torino
Ligiah Villalobos, Screenwriter, Under the Same Moon
Leon Ichaso, Screenwriter & Director. Pinero, El Cantante, Cane
Moderator: Emanuel Levy, Film & Media Critic

PANEL MODERATOR: Renowned Film Critic and Author Emmanuel Levy

WHERE: The Paley Center for Media 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210-4601 The Paley Center for Media will be promoting, filming, and archiving this event as one of their special programs.

PRODUCERS: Anike Tourse & Sarah Ingersoll

SPONSORS: Unbound Philanthropy, Opportunity Agenda, Paley Center for Media.

Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, April 27 - May 2

In its 3rd year, the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival - LABRFF 2010 celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the New Brazilian Cinema, with a selection of films that marked the period that became known worldwide as the best moments of national cinema, comparable only to the Cinema Novo. The LABRFF will take place from April 27 to May 2, at the world capital of cinema, Los Angeles, and will feature more than 60 films including full- length and short films, documentaries, animation and video projects.

The festival will include in its program schedule a Tribute to Revival with films that stand the test of time and have become references for the Brazilian cinema. Considered to be the startingpoint of this period, the film "Carlota Joaquina" by Carla Camurati (Copacabana Films, 1995), will be exhibited along with "Foreign Land" by Walter Salles and Daniella Thomas (Videofilmes, 1995), "City of God" by Fernando Meirelles (O2, 2003), "The Quatrilho" by Fabio Barreto (LC Barreto, 1994) and "To the left of the father" by Luiz Fernando Carvalho (Videofilmes, 2001).

This tribute comes at a time when we are discussing the reformulation of the Audiovisual Law. It demonstrates the high level of domestic production achieved through the incentive laws which encouraged the resurgence of Brazilian cinema. "In the 80s and part of 90s, Brazilian cinema had virtually disappeared. Because of the lack of support for production during this time period, less than 10 films were launched each year. In the mid-'90s laws were created to encourage the film industry and consequently production resumed. In 2009, nearly 90 Brazilian films were produced, and the numbers continue to grow solidly. More movies mean more quality and opportunities in all areas. There has also been a renewal of teams and talents. This boom was called "Retomada" and is characterized by the diversity of themes and styles of films. So to watch a movie or two does not mean that one knows what was done during that period. "There are surprises all the time, its worth to explore." said director Fernando Meirelles.

Regarding the selection of films to celebrate the "Retomada", the co-founder of LABRFF, Nazareno Paulo, explains: "These films are symbolic. These movies are icons that everyone recognizes, identifies its directors, talks about the work, and views as references to the Brazilian cinema. It's like a trademark for the country. When it comes to soccer and carnival, the mind finds references in the classic images of Brazil. This is also true for Cinema. When talking about these films being honored, we are referring to films that have achieved high levels of success in the box office and among it public viewers. For many, scenes from Cartola Joaquina or Ze Galinha are examples that embody this period in Brazilian cinema."

International Competition

The Official Selection LABRFF 2010 will comprise more than 60 films, with ten feature films and four documentaries integrating the competition evaluated by the Official Jury which is composed of established names and emerging professionals in the industry, both domestic and foreign. The selected short films will be competing in the category of Best Prize chosen by popular vote. Two other categories that will also be awarded by public vote are video projects and short films produced by Brazilians in the United States.

The complete Official Selection 2010 LABRFF, including animated films and shows parallel feature films and guest documentaries will be announced on March 25.

  Who at TBS Made the Call on Conan?
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Late last week, George Lopez "graciously" submitted to moving his show from the coveted 11 p.m. slot to midnight to accommodate the cabler in luring O'Brien back to late-night. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

POV Summer Internships (NYC)
American Documentary (producers of "POV") are looking for self-motivated individuals who have excellent communication and writing skills and a keen attention to detail to assist in the areas of production/programming, research and development, community engagement and education, Web, and communications and marketing. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latino Teen for Short Film
Casting the role of a 15 years-old Latino for a SAG short film shooting in Los Angeles in June. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Peter Bratt & Benjamin Bratt
Brothers' film La Mission in theaters now

La Mission writer/director Peter Bratt picked up his Estela Award over the weekend at the NALIP 2010 Gala, while his film's star Benjamin Bratt presented an Outstanding Achievement Award to "Wizards of Waverly Place" Executive Producer Peter Murrieta. A photo of the brothers from the NALIP 2010 Gala (above) is featured on

La Mission is in select theaters now! Trailer and showtimes are on the film's website.

Lupe Rodriguez Haas interviewed the cast and director of La Mission for the following article published on

Benjamin Bratt ("Law & Order," Miss Congeniality) combines activism with filmmaking in his new film La Mission. The tv and film actor stars and produces La Mission, a passion project from his older brother Peter Bratt who wrote and directed a love letter to their childhood neighborhood, the Mission District in San Francisco. The Bratt brothers brought together youth groups and artists from the community and returned to their old neighborhood to shoot the their film independently.

Peter and Benjamin's social consciousness grew out of their single mother's activism in the largely Latino and native American community during their childhood. Born and raised by their Peruvian mother in San Francisco's Mission District during the 1960's and 1970's, they were products of social movements that dominated the two eras. "They were very active times for social movements," according to Peter Bratt the director. "You had the black power movement, the brown berets. You had a lot of people of color asserting who they were culturally. So our mother was part of that social movement that was happening all around the country and really vibrantly in San Francisco."

Benjamin plays Che Rivera, a reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic in La Mission who refuses to accept his son's homosexuality. As a veteran actor working in Hollywood for years, Benjamin knows what works as a filmmaker. "I think the golden rule for all artists but in particular for writers is write what you know", said Sandra Bullock's Miss Congeniality co-star. "And so it probably makes sense for us to write as filmmakers rather than tackle say the horror genre or something like that as opposed to a neighborhood that's near and dear to our hearts."


Luis Valdez's play Zoot Suit opening in Mexico City on April 29

Preeminent filmmaker and NALIP 10 keynote speaker Luis Valdez's American Theatre classic Zoot Suit is set to open in Mexico City on April 29, 2010. Valdez directs the National Theatre Company of Mexico in what will be the first Chicano play ever produced by the national company. NALIPster Alma Martinez (who appeared in the original stage and film) brought the play to the company and serves as US-Mexico Project Coordinator and also performs. Join Facebook: Zoot Suit (Compania Nacional de Teatro) or Zoot Suit (National Theatre Company of Mexico) for more information.


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